Latino Workers in the Contemporary South

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Pages: 224

Trim size: 6.000in x 9.000in



Pub Date: 03/01/2001

ISBN: 9-780-8203-2279-7

List Price: $27.95

Latino Workers in the Contemporary South

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Latino populations are currently the fastest growing in the nation and Latinos comprise by far the largest percentage of new immigrants to the southern states. Latino Workers in the Contemporary South describes issues these immigrants and refugees face, particularly regarding work, and also offers accounts of the impact of Latinos on their employers and communities at large. Though its discussions span a variety of regions, the book focuses, in particular, on areas of Georgia and Florida where booming Hispanic populations have had considerable influence in recent years. It documents the different ways in which Latino immigrants in today's South have adapted to the ambiguous and frequently inaccessible territory of the South's notorious "good-ole-boy" network to navigate the world of work.

Contributors to the volume discuss legal and illegal migration, the problem of accurately tracking immigration, gender-specific issues, and language barriers, as well as adaptations made by immigrants in the face of hardships. Essays highlight specific areas that provide work opportunities to immigrants, such as the poultry industry of North Georgia, the carpet industry of Dalton, Georgia, and the onshore oil industry of southern Louisiana. The contributors also discuss the changing cultures of areas with large Hispanic populations and the mixture of hospitality and hostility encountered by these new southerners. Latino Workers in the Contemporary South offers a great deal of new information about Latino immigrants and the changing face of the South.

A significant contribution toward understanding the sudden and unprecedented influx of Latinos into the American South.

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About the Author/Editor

Arthur D. Murphy (Editor)
ARTHUR D. MURPHY is a professor of anthropology and geography at Georgia State University.

Colleen Blanchard (Editor)
COLLEEN BLANCHARD is the research coordinator for applied research in anthropology at Georgia State University.

Jennifer A. Hill (Editor)
JENNIFER A. HILL is a research associate at the Center for Applied Research in Anthropology at Georgia State University.